New Delhi: Claiming that their "genuine demands" have been ignored by the government for past 12 years, ex-paramilitary personnel on Tuesday threatened to gherao of the Paramilitary Headquarters on March 26.
All India Central Paramilitary Forces Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association, after a meeting on February 20, has written a letter to the Prime Minister saying that about 10,000 ex-paramilitary personnel, widows and children
would protest at the headquarters at CGO complex on March 26.
"For past 12 years, we are knocking at every door of the central government for redressal of our long pending genuine demands. We met the Prime Minister, the Home Minister.
We were given assurances like assigning a status with all consequential benefits of ex-servicemen as `Ex-paramilitary men` have been dropped even after preparation of Draft Cabinet Note," said P S Nair, general secretary of AICPMF Ex-service Welfare Association in a letter to the PM.
"Though we are being termed as the `First line of defense` in all operations and our role being similar to that of Army but we are being deprived of the post retirement benefits," he said, adding "our demands of equal post-retirement benefits are turned down by bureaucrats saying we are being governed by the CCS (Pension) rules.
"Army is regulated with a separate set of rules and so we cannot be equated," Nair said, "we are even deprived of the benefits in government jobs which an ex-serviceman gets."